BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Krewe of Neptune lit up the night on Saturday. They rolled through downtown Biloxi with their beautifully lit floats, and thousands came out to revel in the fun.
After a short pause for the National Anthem, the krewe was ready to get the party started.
Keeping with tradition, King Neptune and Queen Venus stopped for an introduction and toast in front of City Hall. Scanning the crowd, it was easy to see that Mardi Gras is for everyone.
Even so, something about keeps parade goers coming back for more.
"Time with the family, out of school, bunch of throws, it's a lot of stuff," said one parade goer.
As night fell, the double decker floats were on full display. The New Orleans style floats featured in the parade didn't disappoint.
"Mardi Gras is a great time for all the locals and people traveling. We're from the coast originally, we just came down from Jackson, just happy to be here," said another parade goer.
The throws were plentiful, and one of visitor experiencing her first parade was shocked at how aggressive catching beads can get.
"Then it's fierce. If they land on the ground between me and the kids, it's a fight," said a first-time parade goer.
Despite a little friendly bead catching competition, the fun family friendly atmosphere keeps the good times rolling.
"Mardi Gras is like Christmas. It's a time when all the family comes back. Usually families get together for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Down here on the Coast, we get together for Mardi Gras," said a long-time parade goer.
The 2017 Grand Marshal was General James H. Garner.